If you are looking for before-and-after school care for a child attending Our Lady of Sorrows, Mireille is the person to talk to.
Introducing Mireille Mainville
Not only is she knowledgeable about Early Childhood Education and the programs offered by the PMFRC, she also knows a lot about the local area and can help your family in your transition. To get in touch with Mireille, call (613) 687-1641 ext 2247 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Mireille Mainville
Position: Before & After School Supervisor – Our Lady of Sorrows
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Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
I am the Supervisor of the Before and After School program at Our Lady of Sorrows. The program has two groups of children: a JK/SK group and another group for Grade 1 and up. We plan programs based on the children’s interests. We often do science activities and long-term projects.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
Don't be afraid to ask for help.
I have been with the PMFRC for three years. Before coming to Sorrows last May, I was at Lil’ Troopers South.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)
I am a graduate of the Early Childhood Educator program at Algonquin College and registered with the College of ECE. I am also continuing my studies at Algonquin in the Autism and Behavioural Science program.
Before coming to the PMFRC, I worked in a day care in Deep River and ran a licensed home day care for five years. I’ve gained valuable experience with children in several age groups in a variety of child care settings.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
My positive outlook -- I believe there is always a solution or another way to deal with a concern. They may also notice my creativity. I like to try new things and add my own spin on them to see if we can make things better, and to help us expand our knowledge.
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
My favourite part is seeing, and knowing, how involved the agency is with the Canadian Armed Forces and community. It's amazing to be a part of such a powerful and engaging work team that helps to give us a better and brighter future.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
I am proud to have been part of the team that was there Lil' Troopers South opened its doors. I was privileged to be part of that phenomenal team. Another accomplishment would be being selected as Renfrew County’s ‘Early Childhood Educator of the Month’ when I was at Lil' Troopers South. I am also proud to have recently become the Before and After School Program Supervisor at Our Lady of Sorrows.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I am originally from Chapeau, Quebec. Until my early teenage years, French was my only language I spoke and now I am fully bilingual. For the last 15 years I have lived in Pembroke with my husband and three children.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Our community offers so many services and there is always someone willing to guide you in finding which services and programs will suit your family.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
There are so many different aspects that I love about this area, but one that tops my list is the array of outdoor activities that we have access to: the beautiful trails, water sport activities and the many beaches! In the summer, we love going to the many different beaches, trying out different trails in the valley every year, four-wheeling and fishing.
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favorite quote?
"Life is a journey, not a destination." - Ralph Waldo Emerson -- I take this quote to mean: don't focus on the end, focus on today and enjoy the present instead of worrying about what will happen at the end of life.
"Stop and smell the roses." -- I think we all need to remember to take time out of our busy lives to enjoy and appreciate the little moments in life. We don't always need to rush to reach our goals and dreams, but enjoy the journey as we do.